Hike with us along the undocumented and unmaintained trails of Upper Las Virgenes, exploring the forbidden recesses of the Ahmanson and El Escorpion Ranches. Along the way we will view Castle Peak and caves the Chumash used to prepare their dead for burial. Hike will be about 9 miles with 1200 ft net elevation gain.
Post Hike Lunch Is At Numero Uno Tavern on corner of Valley Circle and Victory: http://www.thenumerounotavern.com/gallery. See map below.
We'll climb ridges and stroll the hillsides on mostly use trails and go almost to the Las Virgenes trailhead, returning on other trails to make a big giant loop
Many historic movies were filmed at Ahmanson Ranch, then known as Lasky Mesa. Among the movies were Gone With the Wind, The Thundering Herd, The Charge of the Light Brigade and They Died With Their Boots On.
Hike will be 9-11 miles, but who's counting?
Go to the west end of Vanowen St and park on street
From the 101 freeway exit Valley Circle Boulevard. Head north to Vanowen St. Turn left. Park on street near the end of Vanowen (at the bend)
From the 118, exit Topanga Canyon, go south, turn right on Vanowen
Plan your arrival for 8:30. Here is an interactive map with parking tips and post-hike lunch location: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zj-8HsFWf0b8.kCtKGU550NbI&usp=sharing